Ian Wright praises unsung Liverpool star Joel Matip after victory over Sheffield United

first_imgLiverpool star Joel Matip impressed Ian Wright with his display at Bramall Lane (Picture: Getty)Ian Wright believes Joel Matip has been Liverpool’s unsung hero this season and praised the defender’s ‘brilliant’ performance against Sheffield United.Liverpool’s 100 per cent record appeared under threat as the Blades produced a spirited performance to keep Jurgen Klopp’s side out for 70 minutes at Bramall Lane.However, Dean Henderson spilled Gini Wijnaldum’s tame volley through his legs and the Premier League leaders held on for a 1-0 victory.Matip has played all but one league match for Liverpool this term – the side’s opening 4-1 win over Norwich – and the Cameroon international has looked imperious alongside centre-back partner Virgil van Dijk.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CitySpeaking on Match of the Day, Wright hailed Matip’s all-round game, highlighting the defender’s ability to release pressure by breaking forward at pace.‘He has [been hugely influential] and he signed a new contract this month and you know the front guys will get the plaudits but it’s performances like this…’ the former Arsenal striker said.‘People like Matip and Van Dijk… they can’t afford to have off days like the forwards did today. Advertisement Henderson spilled Wijnaldum’s strike through his legs (Picture: Getty)Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder warned Henderson that he ‘needs to do better’ if he wants to play at the top level after his error gifted Liverpool victory.‘If he wants to be a professional footballer, these things are going to happen,’ Wilder said.‘But if he wants to play for the top teams, he wants to play for England then he needs to do better, he needs to concentrate more.‘It’s a disappointing day for him. I am not going to put my arms around him, simply he needs to do better.’More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesWilder added: ‘I am not bothered about pride, I am bothered about the result. Liverpool had an off day and I think we missed an opportunity.‘In pressurised situations we need to remain composed. We were delighted with the shape but there chances came from our mistakes.‘We have had big moments in the game but we did not take them, we had to jump all over it and we didn’t.‘We had enough to get something out of this game but we did not take our opportunities. Points are the most important thing and we did not get points we deserved today.’MORE: Chelsea star Jorginho was ‘absolutely outstanding’ against Brighton, says Paul Merson Comment Sheff Utd 0-1 Liverpool: Klopp post-match press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 8:11FullscreenSheff Utd 0-1 Liverpool: Klopp post-match press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/sheff-utd-0-1-liverpool-klopp-post-match-press-conference-2015454/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘In defence he was absolutely brilliant. And when he didn’t have the option to pass it forward he just ran it forward with confidence. Brilliant play. He was absolutely brilliant today.‘Obviously people always talk about Virgil and Trent [Alexander-Arnold] and [Andy] Robertson but today he was brilliant.’center_img Ian Wright praises unsung Liverpool star Joel Matip after victory over Sheffield United Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 28 Sep 2019 11:48 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.4kShares Advertisementlast_img

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